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The latest addition to THE CLASSIC HOOVER EMPORIUM, Feb 1979 U4082 Commercial.
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Post# 42965   6/7/2008 at 15:58 (3,880 days old) by junior1975 ()        

Hi Vacuumland.

She has arrived. My U4082, one of the rarest machines on this side of the pond nowadays I think.

She aint perfect, but she runs sweet as a nut, and will some TLC and some time, she will look almost like new. Some of the deeper scratches cannot be got out, but are not bad enough to bother me on somethings as different as this.

She has a bent rear axle, and there is a piece of the nozzle missing where something large has obviously been picked up and has knocked this chunk away, but nothing which cannot either be ignored or quite easily remedied.

Here are the pics then.

Post# 42966 , Reply# 1   6/7/2008 at 16:00 (3,880 days old) by junior1975 ()        

Here she is. Running, and sounding like new. Beautiful.

Post# 42967 , Reply# 2   6/7/2008 at 16:04 (3,880 days old) by ian88 ()        

Oh i've always liked the look of these! :)

Such a macho 70s colour scheme, very Euro as my good friend Alan would say.

Post# 42968 , Reply# 3   6/7/2008 at 16:05 (3,880 days old) by junior1975 ()        
And another one.

Here is the underside. The chassis appears to be the same as the U4002/4014 ranger series.

Post# 42969 , Reply# 4   6/7/2008 at 16:08 (3,880 days old) by junior1975 ()        
And finally....................

Here is her birth certificate. Feb 1979 from what I can gather, as the commercial range only the 912A in 1969, and the colours scheme was completely different with the 1989 rane, and included the C1300 ranger of Powerplus based commercial uprights.

Post# 42984 , Reply# 5   6/7/2008 at 17:28 (3,880 days old) by arh1953 ( River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Happy Halloween!

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But seriously, I like that a lot. I hope you get a lot of happy use out of it. It should be a really easy fix too.

Post# 42996 , Reply# 6   6/7/2008 at 18:30 (3,880 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        

Hey Clark!

Kinda green here - especially considering what it cost lol!.

Seriously congrats :D will have to catch up tomoz or Mon :).


P.S Id say Feb 79 is right- blimey I was just 6 lol!

Post# 43000 , Reply# 7   6/7/2008 at 18:40 (3,880 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        
Oh My God

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this is the vacuum cleaner I've always been looking for. Too many emotions to tell, maybe tomorrow.Congratulations.Love, tommy

Post# 43004 , Reply# 8   6/7/2008 at 19:23 (3,880 days old) by swingette ()        

What happened to the Hoover medallion in the second photo?

Very cool Hoover. Forgive me for not paying attention, but did the UK get the waterfall-style motor cover?

The bag seems like a different pattern than the US machines. Tapers sharply toward the machine. Does it have any kind of dirt pocket/fill tube?

Thanks for sharing that unusual but good looking Hoover!

Post# 43006 , Reply# 9   6/7/2008 at 19:43 (3,880 days old) by seamusuk (Dover Kent UK)        
The Waterfall Hood

Hey David :)

Nope we didnt have that design :(.

Thats just a cloth dump bag- possibly slightly different in design to the U7008 type but the same idea!


Post# 43035 , Reply# 10   6/8/2008 at 03:10 (3,880 days old) by junior1975 ()        

Hi Swingette,

The medallion is not stuck on the machine, the sticky on its rear has worn off and that is why it is missing on a couple of the pictures, the ones with the medallion on were taken last when I realised the medallion had fallen off! LOL

Some glue dots sound like a good idea to me, but I aint got any at the moment.

Anyways, I am glad you all like her.

Seamus, will catch you either tonight or early in the week mate.

Happy hoovering all,


P.S. Here is another full frontal! Enjoy.

Post# 43040 , Reply# 11   6/8/2008 at 08:21 (3,879 days old) by 74simon ()        
Great find, Clark!

It's a dramatic colour scheme for sure, hehehe. the serial number seems to bear out its rarity - looks like the 75th one to be built that month, only Mike's Convertible has a lower one (no. 8 ISTR?)

As its rated at 420 watts, I wonder if it has the standard Senior motor with only the low speed coils energised? Either way, it's a cracking machine.


Post# 43161 , Reply# 12   6/8/2008 at 19:30 (3,879 days old) by z30soulbrother (West Midlands, UK)        

Hi Folks I used 2 of these at a big pub/restaurant i worked at in the mid 80s. I always thought they were recon resprayed seniors, but i remember the suction was stronger on the hose than the normal 652 senior, I thought this was due to no paper bag. As any senior owner knows the suction depreciates as the pores of the paper bag block really quickly, given the non sealed converter. Well i am shocked! I really didnt know our black and orange beauties were purpose built. I loved our two


Post# 43162 , Reply# 13   6/8/2008 at 19:35 (3,879 days old) by z30soulbrother (West Midlands, UK)        

they were only single speed yes? i do do remember the top cord holder tuned down to release the cord like junior dirtsearcher

Post# 43228 , Reply# 14   6/9/2008 at 14:28 (3,878 days old) by vintagehoover ()        
Congratulations Clark!

Well done on obtaining such a rare machine. Heavy duty, and surprisingly light on the pocket, too ;)

I'm sure it will benefit from your TLC. One thing, though - I can't see what you mean about a piece of the nozzle missing (from viewing the photos, anyway!). How serious is the damage, and is it fixable?

Since it seems to have provisions for tools to be fitted, I take it a toolkit would have been available as an option for this machine?

Post# 43238 , Reply# 15   6/9/2008 at 15:20 (3,878 days old) by tommymilan (milano)        
Here it is, from a 1978 italian brochure

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I love it

Post# 43250 , Reply# 16   6/9/2008 at 16:20 (3,878 days old) by junior1975 ()        
PIece of nozzle missing.

Hi Jack,

I am looking forward to having her clean the house one day soon.

The piece missing from the nozzle is as shown below.

It is not a large piece, but it is noticeable, fortunately, I think with some body filler, and some time and care, it can be sorted and hopefully without being too visible. I know it is only me who will see it, but hey there ya go!

Hope you are good mate, happy hoovering.


Post# 401412 , Reply# 17   11/25/2018 at 18:52 by Tommymilan (milano)        
After ten years... I got mine

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Ten years after this post I succeeded in finding this dreamvac. Sorry Iím posting from mobile...

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Post# 401930 , Reply# 20   12/4/2018 at 16:27 by Paul (USA)        

Very cool, Tommy. Congrats!

Post# 402104 , Reply# 21   12/7/2018 at 08:19 by tommymilan (milano)        

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Thank you Paul, I was about to think that my post, connected to the older one, just didn't raise any attention.
The reason why this particular Hoover model is so important for me is because when I was about 4-5 years old, there was one in my primary school, used to clean the carpeted play area, with a more common White and blue Senior U 652, a White and blue Hoover Constellation and an Ivory/green Hoover shampoo-polisher used every now and then. I made a drawing of that "aggressive looking" black and orange vacuum cleaner and was amazed by that large black bag with bright orange Hoover logo, I was so fashinated that it became one of my dreams machines. The sorry point was that model U 4082 was extremely rare and in many years of collecting I never got the chance of finding one. However you can imagine how happy I can be now!
Greetings from Milan

Post# 402156 , Reply# 22   12/7/2018 at 23:39 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Happy for you Tommy,

ten years was a long wait but I'm sure getting it was worth it! Just curious, how did you find it and how does it run? I'm sure just hearing the motor run brings back even more memories. Good for you. Are there any other machines out there that you'd like to add to your collection? Congrats and Happy Hoovering, Billy

Post# 402446 , Reply# 23   12/12/2018 at 07:49 by tommymilan (milano)        

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Dear Billy, thank you very much!
Actually, counting well, I've been looking for this particular vac for 30 years...It just happened on a lucky night, we had guests for dinner and one of them brought a 45 years old bottle of a great italian wine, we opened it and, guess what it was excellent so I thought I could be even luckier that night. I just opened an app where I usually look for vacuums and something black and orange hit me: "Here it is! Got it!EUREKA" I screamed!I Immediately contacted the seller who replied immediately and organized immediate payment and delivery.
The pictures I posted were taken the night I disassambled and cleaned it. Everuthing was fine and it sounded great. With that large bag airflow is incredible but dirctly proportional to poor filtration,well you can't have it all.
I think I will replace the bottom bag housing with one from a standard Hoover senior with bellow and bag adapter and will fit a large microfilter ( Kirby bag or so) and I'll have fun using it. It's not yet sitting in my collection, I want to keep it in my apartment in Milan for a while, just to have it around.

There might be other vacuum cleaners I'd like to add to my collection but nothing I really want too bad, so I wait, I'll come across it along the way, by chance, as it happened many other times!


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